Profile

Ska Tone is an established 6 piece band of fun loving musicians who’ve been playing the national circuit for over 15 years, performing hundreds of shows for pubs and clubs, corporate events, weddings, birthdays and national festivals.  With a charismatic frontman and energetic band, Ska Tone always gets the audience dancing to the 2-tone classics of the Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and the Selector, and more...

Ska Tone’s standard ‘Madness’ line-up consists of drum kit, bass, guitar, keyboards, tenor sax, lead and backing vocals. The deluxe 'Specials' line up includes an extra brass player, and/or extra lead vocals.  Over the years they’ve supported artists such as: The Selector; Aswad; Geno Washington; Jools Holland with Rico Rodriguez (The Specials); Chaz and Dave; Bill Bailey.

" Having booked quite a few bands for parties over the years they were the best we have ever had.Their enthusiasm and great music ensured a full dance floor from the first song until they finished 2 hours later.They provided perfect music for a diverse group of 30-50 year olds dressed as large insects! We have dozens of thank you letters all praising the ‘great band’I would heartily recommend them to anyone organizing a party and wanting to get something that provides a whole lot more raucous fun than the ubiquitous bespangled cool funk on offer elsewhere.To top it all they were all extremely nice people! "
Ned Trier | Private party, Newbury, Berks | 14 July 2013
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Set List/Repertoire

Should you proceed with your booking you will be able to select your favourite songs from the set list/repertoir to be played on the day of your event. This demo will show you how it works.

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Set 1

  • 20th Century Fox
  • Star Wars/Gangsters
  • Too much too young
  • Nightboat to Cairo
  • Fatty Fatty
  • Message to Rudi
  • Too much Pressure
  • Captain Codling
  • Little Bitch
  • Israelittes
  • Chase the Devil
  • Special Brew
  • Baggy Trousers
  • No woman no cry,
  • Pass the dutchie

Set 2

  • 2001 Space Odyssey/Monkey Man
  • House of fun
  • It must be love
  • 54-46
  • Monkey Man
  • Shame & Scandal
  • On my Radio
  • Lip up Fatty
  • Longshot Medley
  • Ghost Town
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mirror in the bathroom
  • 3 minute hero
  • 3 little birds
" Having booked quite a few bands for parties over the years they were the best we have ever had.Their enthusiasm and great music ensured a full dance floor from the first song until they finished 2 hours later.They provided perfect music for a diverse group of 30-50 year olds dressed as large insects! We have dozens of thank you letters all praising the ‘great band’I would heartily recommend them to anyone organizing a party and wanting to get something that provides a whole lot more raucous fun than the ubiquitous bespangled cool funk on offer elsewhere.To top it all they were all extremely nice people! "
Ned Trier | Private party, Newbury, Berks | 14 July 2013
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" Wild style classic ska from the ultimate old skool party band. This Seven-piece act have audiences bouncing with raw energy. "
Guildfest review, main stage | Guilford | 10 July 2013
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" Could you please thank all the guys for a wonderful night. Music is all about passion and enthusiasm and you lot had it in bucket loads, and it really comes across .Everyone commented how good you all were and it wouldn't surprise Me if you pick up a few more bookings from the people who where there.Hope you all enjoyed it and hope to see you again sometime.All the best "
John and Gilly | Glossop, Derbyshire | 10 May 2013
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" There's nothing like a good bit of ska to get a festival started, and main-stage openers Ska Tone really know what a good bit of ska is. Resplendent in two-tone and a kilt no less (on Trumpet Player Nick Horne), Ska Tone look the part as well as sounding it. Once we'd got the expected nod to Lucasfilm (well what would expect from Skarth Vader and Ska-2-d-2?) Ska Tone really took off. Good old school ska with all the trimmings (the influence of Madness and The Specials shining through), which was performed quite frankly masterfully. I couldn't see a person within 100 yards not skanking. After a blinding set, front man Bobba Fat left the stage after addressing the crowd pontifical style: "bless you, bless you", and went to a galaxy far, far away. "
Gulidfest review | Guilford | 10 July 2007
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" Wild style classic ska from the ultimate old skool party band. This Seven-piece act have audiences bouncing with raw energy. "
Guildfest review, main stage | Guilford | 10 July 2007
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" They were really brilliant. The whole place went mad when they launched into Too much to young and they kept it like that right until the end. It was a great party and most of it was down to the band. Thanks! "
James Sumpter | Kent | 10 June 2007
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What's included

  • Standard Line Up:

    6 piece. male vocals // trumpet // Trombone // Guitar // Bass // Drums
  • Performance Times:

    2 x 45 minute sets
  • Standard Arrival Time:

    6pm
  • Standard Finish Time:

    12am
  • Set Up Time:

    1hr
  • Set Up Completion:

    7pm
  • Act dress Code:

    smart two tone of course!
  • Ideal Performance Area:

    4m deep x 5m wide stage but can be smaller
  • Power Requirements:

    Access to 3 separate 13amp sockets. The band will not use more than 4000 Watts (4K) of power (including lighting)
  • Full PA system (included in quote):

    yes
  • Stage Lighting: (included in quote):

    yes
  • Public Liability Insurance:

    yes
  • Equipment PAT Tested:

    yes
  • Food/Drinks Required:

    6 x hot meals
  • PA/Mic for Use With Speeches:

    yes
  • One song request learnt free of charge.:

    Yes. Subject to song not being to obscure, suiting bands style/vocals, band being given enough notice
  • Extra sets/playing time:

    Extra £250

Extra booking options

  • Early arrival:

    £130 per hour before 6pm arrival

How we manage your booking

Booking an act with Gigz is just the begining. To make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible on the day;

  • We will send you a secure online booking form. This page can be saved on your computer and accessed and updated as often as you like.
  • Your event manager will be in touch via email and phone regularly througout the build up to your event.
  • We can arrange for your act to call you should want to discuss tings with them directly.
  • We will liasie with your event coordinator or venue manager to ensure that they are happy with all the logistics.
  • You will be given a contact mobile number for your Gigz event manager should you need to contact them on the day of your event.
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